Jaguars intend to kneel in prayer prior to anthem, then stand

AP

Team by team, NFL teams are trying to find a solution to the anthem controversy that allows all players to stand. The Jaguars’ players have issued a statement expressing their intent to kneel before the anthem on Sunday during their game against the Jets, and then to stand.

“The United States flag and our national anthem are both strong sources of inspiration and unity,” the team’s players said. “Our respect for both is sincere. Given recent events and remarks, however, we felt it was time last weekend to shine a light on the serious issues of inequality and social injustice that exist in our country.

“We want to make it clear that we never intended in any way to show disrespect towards the U.S. military community, first responders, our flag, or our national anthem.  We love and respect everyone who serves and has made sacrifices for the United States in the past, today and the future.  That is especially true in our hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

“We are a very diverse group, much like our country as a whole.  So we may not see eye to eye on everything, but we will be a team undivided.  We will play to win and represent Jacksonville with honor, and we are committed to furthering the conversation and taking action to effect positive change.

“In that spirit, the Jacksonville Jaguars – every one of us – prior to the national anthem on Sunday will kneel to pray for change, progress and equality for everyone who calls the United States their home.  We hope others will pray along with us.  We are all in this together.

“The Jacksonville Jaguars will then stand together, as a team, tomorrow and going forward, to honor our flag and our national anthem.”

Multiple other teams have announced similar plans, with the common denominator being standing for the anthem. To the extent that other avenues can be created for expressing valid concerns that previously were expressed only during the anthem, players can then stand for the anthem and bring to an end the controversy that has engulfed the league for more than a week.

61 responses to “Jaguars intend to kneel in prayer prior to anthem, then stand

  1. At this point, whatever. How about we move to the next step. We all see the protest. Now what?
    I think the issue is no one is actually up to the task of intelligently taking the reigns of this movement, nor is there a consensus as to what should be done.

  2. I’m just waiting for the prayers and protests to stop the black on black violence which is responsible for 8,000+ annual deaths of young black men vs. the 12 questionable shootings we hear about by police. Also, where is the outrage for police shootings of white men which statistically happens more than black police shootings??

    I know I know… facts don’t matter here. Please continue being victims rather than preach accountability in your community.

  3. Team by team, NFL teams are trying to find a solution to the anthem controversy that allows all players to stand.

    How about standing in attention, acting like adults and being thankful you live in a country that let’s you make absurd amounts of money to play a game. But, yeah, we’ll go with oppression or something….

  4. The Ravens, a team that took the knee on foreign soil for their own anthem, and then stood for God Save the Queen? Am I the only one who found that shameful and embarrassing? This new ploy is too little too late. So done with the NFL’s imposition of political theatrics on fans and viewers. Ex fans and viewers, that is.

  5. “The United States flag and our national anthem are both strong sources of inspiration and unity”

    If that’s the case no other demonstrations are necessary.

  6. the common denominator being standing for the anthem.

    ___________________________________________________________

    Eeejits took this long to figure out that not standing is disrespect and … we… the paying customers don’t like it.

  7. “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world.” – Jackie Robinson

    Obviously a Jaguars fan?

  8. There can never be “equality”. The races are genetically and socially different. Will Mexico ever be equal to Canada? Will Africa and Europe ever be “equal”? Wake up.

  9. I guess if you complain about something for long enough those you continually elect will eventually solve your problems and all will be well.

    How has that been working out for you?

  10. Kap donated money to a group named after Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of killing a NJ State trooper back in the early 70’s. She escaped from jail a few years later and fled to Cuba, where she currently still resides. This is who Kap supports.

  11. Colin Kaepernick wanted to do something to stop the killings of innocent black people by police. These shootings were caught on video for everyone to see. Now we’re discussing kneeling vs. standing instead. And the black players are cooperating? Wow! Don’t expect anyone to stick their necks out to help black people in the future, if black players aren’t going to have Kaepernick’s back on this. They’ve pretty much hung him out to dry.

  12. charliecharger says:
    September 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Colin Kaepernick wanted to do something to stop the killings of innocent black people by police. These shootings were caught on video for everyone to see. Now we’re discussing kneeling vs. standing instead. And the black players are cooperating? Wow! Don’t expect anyone to stick their necks out to help black people in the future, if black players aren’t going to have Kaepernick’s back on this. They’ve pretty much hung him out to dry.
    ——-
    By kneeling the players have kept his message alive. The players are “sticking their own necks out.” You’re not paying attention.

  13. From the Game Operations Manual:

    “National Anthem
    During the playing of the National Anthem, players on the field should stand at attention, face the flag. hold helmets in their left hand and refrain from talking. Players in the bench areas should do the same and should line themselves up evenly along the sidelines. The home team should ensure that the American Flag is in good condition.”

    Note 1:
    It doesn’t actually require all players to be on the field for the anthem, it just says what those who are should do (players many years ago didn’t come on the field until after).
    Note 2:
    It says “should” not “must” – but while some have mistakenly interpreted this as less than a strict order, ANY failure to follow the Game Operations Manual is punishable by fines, suspensions and lost picks – “should” Fraudger feel like it depending on kneejerk PR decisions or witch-hunts…

  14. Jax is a big military city.

    I am sure this will go over locally like a fart in an elevator.

    Come on Jags. Everybody was wishing really hard for you to enjoy some success on the field. Don’t screw it up with some half-witted protest.

  15. the Trump tweet is out “important that everyone stands for the anthem Sunday , and every Sunday “. Will the clowns take the bait? No win situation for the players, lol…… stand and trump wins, kneel and he wins YUGE!!!!

  16. How stupid was it the NFL to allow this to happen when for the last two decades or so they have been promoting patriotism, respect for our flag and servicemen,etc.. before every football game? Now they are going to side with the disrespect of that very thing they have taught us to love. Talk about asinine. I knew Goodell what a moron but this takes the cake

  17. How stupid was it of the NFL to allow this to happen when for the last two decades or so they have been promoting patriotism, respect for our flag and servicemen,etc.. before every football game? Now they are going to side with the disrespect of that very thing they have taught us to love. Talk about asinine. I knew Goodell was a moron but this takes the cake

  18. The lefts hatred of Trump has them promoting disrespecting the flag and fallen soldiers. When will the left wake up and stop the divisiveness. As someone who was against sitting kneeling exercising during the anthem, I have no problem with kneeling prior to it.

  19. I am totally against this kneeling for the anthem but at least Kaepernick had the balls to do it and mean it , This kneeling before the anthem is ridiculous and a wimpy way out of something they never should of done

  20. I love this kneeling in prayer thing. Allow me to translate

    Trump beat our ass, we lost, but we have to save face, so we will kneel before the anthem or uhhh stand and lock arms..yeah… in protest of course but the fans will not know…

    Wrong, we know you are phony, still protesting and cannot admit Trump beat you..

    #TRUMPWINNING!!!

  21. omg, this is hilarious, really. I read that headline and I can’t stop laughing. What’s next? Do some yoga poses. Somebody please tell Roger to do his job already.

  22. Amazing how the Trumpkins bend both knees for Trump everyday yet have the gall to criticize Americans protesting when America fails to live up to its ideals. In case you were unaware, the right to protest is built into the constitution of this country, if you don’t agree then you are un-American, oh, and the faux-patriotic Trump openly mocks the parents of dead soldiers, has never served his country a day in his life, has been caught lying over and over again but his values are your values and you should give up your citizenship due to ignorance of your country.

  23. And thus kneeling has been rendered utterly meaningless.

    Shad Khan should be ashamed of himself for this, and for associating with a man who would probably sooner deport him than shake his hand.

  24. “We have got to make the white population uncomfortable, because that is the only way to get their attention.”
    —————–
    You will never have the numbers to make us uncomfortable. And trust me, you really don’t want to get our “attention”.

  25. painsyndicate says:
    You will never have the numbers to make us uncomfortable. And trust me, you really don’t want to get our “attention”.

    Threats from a keyboard warrior. you wouldn’t say half the stuff you type to the face of a black man. BTW there are more people of color in this country then white. So don’t push your luck.

  26. painsyndicate says:
    September 30, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    “We have got to make the white population uncomfortable, because that is the only way to get their attention.”
    —————–
    You will never have the numbers to make us uncomfortable. And trust me, you really don’t want to get our “attention”.
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    An internet dare! LOL!

  27. Jaguars intend to kneel in prayer prior to anthem, then stand
    _____________________________

    There is a disco song in there somewhere.
    Get down, get back up again.

  28. I guess that is the NFL Marketing’s scheme for walking this whole mess back a bit. I don’t think it will work one bit. NFL is losing their old diehard fans and young potential fans have a thousand better thing to do like go watch Esports live than sit through a whole 4 hrs of a professional football game. We are witnessing the meteoric rise and fall of the Roman Football League right in front of our eyes. Pride and hubris always topples the leviathans in the end.

  29. Tom Coughlin has to be sitting in his office and asking himself what the heck has he got himself into. (I know he’s not the coach)

  30. Nobody is twisting anyones arm to get the Jags back in the US. The Jags could stay where they are and nobody would really miss them if the US is such a horrible place to be. It’s almost like they are being groomed to be the London expansion team anyway when it eventually happens.

  31. 3 dolphin players kneeling – nfl tried not to show them but they did, on a wide angle shot. of course they stood for god save the queen. the WWNFL needs to fine these players and the snowflakes need to learn what respect for their country is!

  32. Another huge distraction for the team. I hope it plays out like it did for the Raiders last week, and the Dolphins today – a completely distracted and listless team takes the field and gets throttled. NFL fans in London got ripped off today, the rest of us over here were embarrassed, and everybody loses. Nice job, SJWs.

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